MATCHES 29-30: ULM WARHAWKS (5-23, 1-13) vs. GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS (5-20, 2-12)
6 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 2 pm, Friday, November 10, 2023 | Fant-Ewing Coliseum| Monroe, Louisiana
TV/STREAM: ESPN+ Thursday, ESPN+ Friday | LIVE STATS: Thursday, Friday
MONROE, La. – The ULM volleyball team wraps up the regular season and home schedule with a pair of matches against Georgia State. First serve is set for 6 pm Thursday and 2 pm Friday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
FOLLOW THE WARHAWKS –
Links to live video and stats for all matches are available on ULMWarhawks.com. Navigate to the volleyball schedule page and select that day’s opponent.
STREAK SNAPPERS –
ULM snapped its 15-game losing streak last Saturday with a 3-1 win over Arkansas State. In the process, the Warhawks snapped a pair of 44-match skids, winning their first Sun Belt Conference match since a 3-1 win over Georgia State on Sept. 23, 2021, and their first match against Arkansas State since 1986. A-State started a string of 44-straight wins over ULM in 1989.
JEFFUS LEADS THE ATTACK –
Middle blocker Logan Jeffs has been one of the most productive players for the Warhawks in 2023. Jeffus is second on the Warhawks with 234 kills with a .307 hitting percentage. She has 69 total blocks (23 solo, 46 assists) and 56 career solo blocked shots, which surpassed Catherine Griffith for third place on ULM’s top-5 solo blocks list in the 25-point rally scoring era. She has reached double digit kills nine times in 2023 including a career-high 20 kills against App State on October 14.
She has been named to two All-Tournament teams this season. She was named Most Valuable Player of the New Orleans Invitational (Sept. 8-9) after leading the team with nine kills and two blocks vs. Southern on Sept. 8 and added 16 kills with two blocks on Sept. 9 at UNO. She hit a career high .615 (9-1-13) against Southern before topping it against UNO at .652 (16-1-23). Her .652 hitting percentage against UNO broke her own school-record hitting percentage for a four-set match in the 25-point rally scoring era.
Jeffus was named to the All-Tournament Team at the EIU Panther Invitational to open the season on Aug. 25-26. She had 25 kills over three matches, including 16 in the five-set win against Akron on Aug. 25.
BOTKIN CONTINUES STRONG SOPHOMORE SEASON –
Sophomore setter Brynn Botkin leads ULM with 259 kills with a .202 hitting percentage. She is second on the team with 34 serve aces and is third on the team in digs with 227. She has 15 double-figure kill matches, 11 double-figure digs matches, and seven double-doubles in 2023. She produced 20 kills and 14 digs against App State on Saturday, October 14.
For the second-straight season, Botkin was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Battle For The Boot from September 15-16. Botkin put up 13 kills with six digs, three service aces and one block against Southeastern on Sept. 15. She added nine kills, 11 digs, two aces and two blocks against Southern on Sept. 15. She capped the tournament with seven kills while hitting .313 with five digs and an ace at Northwestern State on Sept. 16.
In the month of September, Botkin led ULM with 148 kills with a team-best 27 aces and was tied for third on the team with 117 digs. She had nine double-figure kill matches, five double-figure dig matches and three double-doubles in September, posting 12 kills and a season-high 17 digs against Indiana State on Sept. 1, 13 kills and 16 digs at McNeese on Sept. 19, and 15 kills and 16 digs on Sept. 22 at Texas State.
Botkin also was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Lindenwood Invitational. Botkin totaled 30 kills (2.3 per set) and 29 digs (2.2 per set) in the three-match event. She opened the tournament with 12 kills and a season-high 17 digs against Indiana State on Sept. 1. She added seven kills and 11 digs against Lindenwood on Sept. 1 before capping the tournament with 11 kills and one dig against Austin Peay on Sept. 2.
ROBERSON TOPS 1,000 ASSISTS –
Sophomore setter Bailey Roberson made history at the New Orleans Invitational when she passed 1,000 career assists, becoming only the fifth Warhawk ever to do so in the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present). She currently stands at 1,392 career assists (6.30 per set), which places her fourth all-time in the 25-point rally scoring era.
She leads the Warhawks in 2023 with 557 assists (5.06 per set). She has surpassed 20 assists 16 times this season and has eight assist-dig double-doubles in 2023 with the latest one being against Arkansas State last Friday (11 assists, 11 digs). The Decatur, Texas, native had 835 assists as a true freshman in 2022, the fourth most for ULM in a single season since the start of the 25-point rally scoring era. She led the Warhawks to an all-important set four win with her serving on the first eight Warhawk points.
Roberson also was named to the New Orleans Invitational All-Tournament Team with 40 assists over two matches against Southern and UNO.
ROGERS REACHES 1,000 CAREER DIGS –
Junior defensive specialist/libero Cameron Rogers is the team leader in digs with 419 (3.88 per set). She has reached double-digit digs in 23 of the last 22 matches and reached 20 digs in five of those matches. She totaled a career-high 27 digs in ULM’s five-set win over Akron on Aug. 25 and matched that number on Sept. 15 vs. Southeastern. Rogers was named Libero of the Tournament at the New Orleans Invitational (Sept. 8-9) with 32 total digs across two matches.
Rogers has totaled 1,086 digs throughout two-plus seasons at ULM. Against South Alabama, she placed herself in ULM’s Top-5 digs list in the 25-point rally scoring era over Albany Schaffer’s 953 from 2016-19. Rogers became just the fourth Warhawk in the 25-point rally scoring era to reach 1,000 career digs, which has only been achieved by Marcel Araya (1,896, 2011-14), Kacey LeBlanc (1,113, 2015-17) and Christy Tribble (1,025, 2008-10).
Rogers surpassed Tribble for third place on the Top-5 list against Troy. She is 27 digs away from reaching second place on the list.
Rogers also entered ULM’s career service aces list. She produced career service ace number 69 last weekend, which broke the tie with Hope Pawlik for fourth place on the ULM all-time list in the 25-point rally scoring era.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU? –
ULM freshman outside hitter Ariana Brown is third on the team with 231 kills (2.26 per set). She has reached double-digit kills in 12 matches, including a season-high 14 kills in the five-set win over Akron on Aug. 25 and against South Alabama on Sept. 29. She tallied 12 kills and a season-high eight digs at Grambling on Aug. 29 and added 13 kills and seven digs vs. Austin Peay on Sept. 2. She picked up 10 kills and a season-high three blocks on Sept. 19 at McNeese.
ROAD WARRIORS –
The 2023 season has involved a good amount of time on the team bus. The Warhawks traveled on the road for the first 16 games of the season, and after playing two home matches, went on the road for four more. A similar scenario happened last season when ULM only played one home game in 14 non-conference games to open the season.
KEARNS TAKES CONTROL –
Head coach Matt Kearns is in the middle of his first season as a collegiate head coach at ULM. Kearns was a graduate assistant coach and assistant coach for six seasons for Northern Kentucky. While he was there, the Norse posted a 108-69 record. Before that, he was a student coach and technical advisor at Xavier from 2013-2017.
A LOOK AHEAD –
The Warhawks will play in the Sun Belt Conference Championship, which begins on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Foley, Alabama.